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It's National Library Week!
It's National Library Week! Celebrate with us by spotlighting the library services, spaces and staff that matter to you. We’ll ask you a question daily. Answer it at your library or using the hashtag #myHCL on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
Posted on Apr. 13, 2014
"Home Street Home" Performance at Minneapolis Central
This play about having a home and experiencing homelessness will be performed Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m. at Minneapolis Central Library. The play was created by its actors, most of whom have faced homelessness. The Library received a grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to enhance services to homeless individuals.
Posted on Apr. 8, 2014
Tax Forms and Instructions
On March 21, 2014, the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill with changes that will affect the 2013 tax year. Updated Minnesota forms are available online. For more information on tax forms and taxpayer assistance, go to Taxes in our Government Information subject guide.
Posted on Apr. 8, 2014
Community Meetings for New Webber Park Library
Join Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and county staff Tuesday, April 15, 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10, 9:30-11 a.m. at Folwell Park Recreation Center Gym, 1615 Dowling Ave. N., Minneapolis. Learn about the planning process and share your ideas for the new library. Can’t make it to a meeting? Take this quick online survey. More info.
Posted on Apr. 7, 2014
It's National Volunteer Week
It's National Volunteer Week We're celebrating the service of 2,170 Library volunteers who contributed nearly 93,000 hours of service in 2013 to help HCL fulfill our mission to nourish minds, transform lives and build community together.
Posted on Apr. 6, 2014
Try TrueFlix and FreedomFlix
Homework resources TrueFlix and FreedomFlix let students watch videos, read books and articles online, visit recommended websites, do a project, and answer questions about history, science, nature and more.
Posted on Apr. 4, 2014
Paws to Read With an Animal
Volunteers will help put young readers at ease so they can cuddle up with a certified therapy animal and practice reading aloud. Most libraries host dogs; you can call ahead to see if other animals will be visiting. More info.
Posted on Apr. 1, 2014
Find the Library on Instagram!
Library staff are sharing photos from throughout our 41-library system – faces, spaces, books, events and more! Check out Hennepin County Library on Instagram in April for opportunities to share your photos for National Poetry Month and National Library Week, April 13-19.
Posted on Mar. 31, 2014
'Edina Reads' Community Events
Edina's community-wide reading program will spotlight local poets and the legacy of Emily Dickinson during National Poetry Month in April. A third Edina Reads event will cover "Miriam's Words," an account of the life of the wife of a Congressman during and after World War II. More info.
Posted on Mar. 31, 2014
Talk of the Stacks: Ron Padgett
Padgett has published, edited and translated dozens of collections of poetry and prose. "Collected Poems" surveys his dynamic career as an American poet. Minneapolis Central Library, April 3, 7 p.m. More info.
Posted on Mar. 31, 2014
Children's Day/Book Day 2014
Children's Day/Book Day 2014 Celebrate all children and connect them to the world of learning! El día de los niños/El día de los libros 2014 celebra a todos los niños y los conecta al mundo del aprendizaje a través de libros, cuentos y bibliotecas.
Posted on Mar. 28, 2014
History & Genealogy Archives
Available with your library card, Fold3 offers access to original historical documents and personal histories, many never before available online. It's also a place to share family history information: add your own photos and comments, and make them viewable to the public or keep them private.
Posted on Mar. 23, 2014
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
This database is an excellent resource for students researching debate topics or working on a paper for, or against, an imporant issue. A dynamic online library of current event topics, it includes the facts as well as the arguments of each topic's proponents and detractors. More info.
Posted on Mar. 22, 2014
'Paint It Green' at Your Library
Learn how to create art and be inventive using green, natural or recycled materials. The award-winning non-profit ArtStart is presenting workshops for kids and families on bugs, inventing and river weaving at our libraries. More info and to register.
Posted on Mar. 20, 2014
Reserve a Book Club Kit
Reserve a Book Club Kit We have added several new authors and titles to our collection of Book Club Kits. The kits contain 8-10 copies of a title, discussion questions and tips for a successful book club. They can be checked out for six weeks. More info.
Posted on Mar. 20, 2014
Master Gardener Classes at the Library
Before you start planting, take a class from a Hennepin County Master Gardener. Learn about growing herbs and berries, vegetable gardening, perennials and ornamental grasses. At various libraries. More info.
Posted on Mar. 19, 2014
Upcoming Author Talks
Yazdan Bakhsh is at Hosmer Library Saturday, March 22, to tell his story of struggle and survival as a boy in Afghanistan. Also March 22, Kevin Fenton is at Nokomis Library to discuss his memoir about boyhood in small-town Minnesota. Gail Olson is at St. Anthony Library Monday, March 24, to share stories of St. Anthony residents in World War II. More info.
Posted on Mar. 18, 2014
'Make This!' Classes for Teens
Learn anime and manga drawing, bookmaking, fashion design, jewelry making and more in classes at Hennepin County libraries now. Grades 7-12. Presented in collaboration with the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Registration required. More info.
Posted on Mar. 14, 2014
2014 Minnesota Book Award Finalists
Looking for your next read? Try one by a finalist for the 2014 Minnesota Book Awards — Nonfiction: Harriman vs. Hill by Larry Haeg; Fiction: Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger; and Memoir: Prairie Silence by Melanie Hoffert. The winners will be announced April 5. Explore past winners on BookSpace.
Posted on Mar. 14, 2014
Library Board Appointments
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners has reappointed five Hennepin County residents to the Library Board and appointed one new member, Katherine Blauvelt of Minneapolis, to serve through Dec. 31, 2016. See the full list of 11 members and learn more.
Posted on Mar. 12, 2014
It's Women's History Month
Visit Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library to find the personal collections of the nation's first female library director, Gratia Countryman; one of our first female state representatives, Mabeth Hurd Paige; and other important women from Hennepin County's past.
Posted on Mar. 11, 2014
African American Genealogy
African American Genealogy Learn from nationally recognized experts how to search for your African American relatives, April 4-5, at Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall. Register for the conference and similar genealogy classes.
Posted on Mar. 11, 2014
Art Classes for Adults 55+
Create a personal book perfect for drawing, painting, collaging and writing your favorite memories at an Art of Memory class. Explore Japanese brush painting, architectural drawing, or doodling at an Art for Life class. Held at various Hennepin County libraries; registration required.
Posted on Mar. 7, 2014
Teen Tech Week Is March 9-15
We're celebrating with special-edition Teen Tech Workshops. Learn coding and 3-D printing with Best Buy Geek Squad Agents at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Minneapolis Central, or get creative using high- or low-tech tools with our Teen Tech Squad at Franklin and Brooklyn Park libraries.
Posted on Mar. 6, 2014
Viva City 2014 Exhibit
Viva City 2014 Exhibit View the extraordinary artwork of Minneapolis Public Schools high school students. This juried exhibit shows the students' remarkable creativity in a variety of media. Through April 11 at Minneapolis Central Library. More info.
Posted on Mar. 5, 2014
Webber Park Library Planning Meeting
It's time to start planning the new Webber Park Library. Join Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins and county staff Saturday, March 8, 9:30-11 a.m., at the Folwell Recreation Center Gym. Learn more. The library's temporary location is open at 4203 Webber Pkwy., Minneapolis.
Posted on Mar. 3, 2014
Talk of the Stacks With Lorrie Moore
Author Lorrie Moore visits Minneapolis Central Library on Friday, March 7. In “Bark,” her first collection in 15 years, she presents eight new masterful stories exploring the passage of time with a blend of craft, humor and bewitched spirit. More info.
Posted on Mar. 3, 2014
Pick Up a Spring Events Guide
Pick Up a Spring Events Guide Our Spring Events guide is now available at your library. It is packed with programs, classes and workshops for all ages offered at our libraries through May. You can also search for library events online.
Posted on Mar. 1, 2014
Vote! Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award
Kids in grades 3-8 can vote for their favorite book through March 22 at Hennepin County libraries. There are two divisions: grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Kids must read at least three nominated titles to be eligible to vote. More info. See past award-winners.
Posted on Mar. 1, 2014

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